ANST - Pennsic Gift Baskets
Afan - Central Regional Seneschal
grrhine at swbell.net
Fri Mar 30 06:27:49 PST 2001
Greetings unto the populace of Ansteorra,
It is that time once again, when Their Royal Highnesses are
preparing for their upcoming rein of our most stellar Kingdom. As
you may be aware, shortly after stepping up, they will travel to
distant lands, to help our friends at Pennsic War. Traditionally, at
war, Ansteorra gives wonderful gifts to the Royalty of the Knowne
World... this Pennsic War should be no different, hence my
Her Highness has asked that I coordinate the gift baskets for the
Leaders of the Knowne World. For Gulf Wars, this task falls upon
the baronies of our fair Kingdom. In order to ease the burden of the
baronies, and to showcase the vast talents of Ansteorras
populace, Her Highness has asked that I appeal to the general
populace as well as the cantons, shires, colleges, and
strongholds of Ansteorra for this task. This is a great opportunity,
for all Ansteorran artisans, to share the beauty they create, while
making Ansteorra proud.
Her Highness has asked that a few guidelines be set forth.
1.Nocandles or soap: When handmade, these items are lovely
gifts. However, since most gift baskets traditionally contain
candles and soap, even the handmade beauty loses its
appeal. So please, be creative.
2.Liquid gifts (cordials, wine, etc.) are lovely, but need serious
consideration. These items are difficult to transport, and will most
assuredly get hot before delivery. If you wish to donate these
things, please be aware that they must be very tightly sealed (I
would suggest a good sealing wax [not paraffin] on top of whatever
cap you are using), and well packed for travel. Again, they will be
hot before delivery. If the heat will spoil it, it is probably not a good
If you know an artisan who does not have access to this list,
please pass this information, as well as my contact information
along to them. Besides my contact information, I have included a
list of gift ideas, for your convenience. These are just suggestions,
so again, be creative. If you have other ideas you are unsure of
please contact me. I am thrilled to have an opportunity to
brainstorm with you.
Thank you all, very much, for your time, and effort. With your help,
Ansteorras star will, once again, shine as a beacon of beauty and
excellence, throughout the Knowne World.
In Service to the Dream and its Dreamers,
LadyAfan ferch Elystan
PennsicGift Basket Coordinator
e-mail:grrhine at swbell.net
Listof gift ideas (This list was passed to me, and I believe was a
list of some items that were given at another Pennsic War.)
periodlooking coffee mugs
An illuminated page from a period book
necklacesmade of semiprecious stones
poucheswith tablet-woven edges
a children's activities book about knights
a full apron for a cook
magnifyingglasses with a nice handles
A full set of hand-turned wooden feast gear
Champleve'medallions of the Kingdom's arms.
a bag painted with the Kingdom's arms,
big turned wooden candlesticks from Hobby Lobby,
a hand made ocarina
longdistance gift cards,
a soapstone box and candleholders,
paintedwall hangings in Celtic motifs
A pair of vambraces
a necklace of coral and bone
yardageof damask brocade
a selection of various trims
napkinspainted with the arms,
somereally spiffy jewelry pouches
extralong wooden hangers
an extra long garment bag in kingdom colors
Basketsfilled with fruit, cheese, and bread; coffee, tea, and cocoa;
snack foods, bottles of water, and other practical items,
obviously intended for use *during* the war.
Basketsfull to the brim with things *someone* was likely to have
forgotten at home: toothpaste, toothbrushes, an alarm clock, a
coffeepot, tea and coffee, soap, shampoo, etc.
longdistance calling cards
stationarywith the new King and Queen's name and address
Big plastic bucket w/supplies for Minister of Children crayons,
paints, Popsicle sticks, etc.
littleglass jars with various dried/fresh herbs or honey.
Crowns*never* have enough kingdom heraldry color coordinated
handmadecake of hand lotion,
Givingedibles can be a bad idea - they tend to get shut into boxes
for travel and forgotten about.
Gettingpotables is always nice (even if the Crown doesn't drink it
gives them the opportunity to pay their entourage *really
Hoodsin kingdom colors are really cool!
Crownssure get a lot of sets of matching goblets.
Batterypowered hand-held fans, socks, little chemical hand-
warmer packets to go in your gloves on chilly nights, tiny
Material(esp white for veils/shirts)
Bookson art in the Middle Ages
A belt blank
A seam-ripper with the little light on the end
Goodpaper (ask for 'elephant paper' at a paper shop)
A piece of good leather
Paintbrushes (ten bucks can get the good ones rather than the
A length of trim
A length of lace
A Nine-men Morris game
niceperiod looking buckles
A rawhide mallet
A brick of beeswax
A wine thief
A package of corks
Bookson brewing or vinting
Decksof renaissance style cards
A yeast culture
A cows horn
A yard or two of buckram
Seedsfor different herbs
paintedbanners and "tapestries"
smallbinders or booklets in which to list gifts given These binders
can have embroidered, painted or leather-worked covers put
hand-spunsilk or wool thread,
smallyardages of brocade that can be used as trim.
Lady Afan ferch Elystan
Central Regional Seneschal
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